The admission that a United States drone strike targeting ISIS-K terrorists was a “tragic mistake” doesn’t “capture the full horror” of the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, says The Hills’ White House columnist Niall Stanage.
A US investigation into the attack, which left 10 civilians – including seven children – dead, concluded the target had no connection to the insurgents responsible for killing dozens of US marines.
“Of course, the US can express regret if it wants to but it doesn’t change outcome for those unfortunate people involved and their bereaved families,” Mr Stanage told Sky News Australia.
“The rather dry language of military operations doesn’t really capture the full horror of this – just a catastrophe, really.
“Unfortunately it’s pretty much seen as consistent with that withdrawal that you rightly call shambolic.”